giovedì 26 marzo 2015

mercoledì 11 marzo 2015

The First Woman in the World to Earn a University Degree

International women's day have just passed and it was a great occasion to remember several Venetian women. One of the most famous is Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684). She is the first woman that have received a doctoral degree from the university (1678).

Nowdays, when most of us consider equal access to the education for both genders as a normal thing, it might sound strange. Why it's so special? Because women wouldn't be admitted to the university, and even after Elena Lucrezia we have to wait several decades before another woman is admitted to the academy.
Of course, she must have been an extraordinary woman, even though most of her manuscripts have been burned after her death (as by her request) and most information that reaches us about her comes form others.
At the age of 10 she chose monastic future rather than wedding. Nevertheless she has never lived cloistered because she became Benedictine oblate, which allowed her to continue her studies even though following specific religious norms.  Elena was fluent in several foreign languages: French, Spanish, modern Greek, ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew, she studied mathematics, theology, philosophy and mastered several musical instruments.
If you would like to learn more about this special woman, here are some books that we could recommend you: Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684): The First Woman in the World to Earn a University Degree 2007, Francesco Ludovico Maschietto, Catherine Marshall

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mercoledì 21 gennaio 2015

NEW TOUR AVAILABLE (FRI/SAT) Food and Drinks Tasting Free Tour

Venice is one of the most touristic locations in the world and as a result it is filled with touristic traps. People visiting venice end up spending 2 to 3 times more than they've originally planned, which can be quite disappointing. But it is not just the money it is the quality that lacks as well. But don't get depressed too soon. There is a way! The food and drinks tour is aimed to break down every single touristic trap and allows you to experience the real Venice, while eating a lot.
Info about the tour: You will encounter a lovely individual, who shall guide you through the "dangers of touristic city" into the real, deep-fried deliciousness of Venice. The tour will last as long as it has to. There will be constant alcohol consumption, so you should bring some money to spend (20 euros and more). Ideal candidate would be a very hungry person, so please come prepared.